|Born||7 December 1842
|Died||7 March 1910
|Engineering discipline||Mechanical engineering|
In 1858 he entered the LNWR's Wolverton Works under James Edward McConnell, and from 1862 under John Ramsbottom. In 1865 he entered the drawing office at Crewe Works, and in 1867 joined the LNWR running department under J. Rigg. In 1898 he was made responsible for the running of all LNWR locomotives.
He replaced Francis William Webb as Locomotive Superintendent from 1903. Webb's compound locomotives were generally considered a failure and Whale introduced the Precursor class based on designs from previous eras as well as scrapping or rebuilding the compounds.
Retirement and death
- "Bowen Cooke, Whale & Beames". Steamindex.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
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Francis William Webb
|Chief Mechanical Engineer of London and North Western Railway
1903 – 1909